Garda Internal Affairs say at least twenty officers convicted of crime over past four years

Twenty members of An Garda Síochána were charged and convicted of criminal offences since the beginning of January 2020.

Data obtained under FOI reveals how officers were convicted of crimes including assault, drink driving, domestic violence, and criminal damage.

Gardaí said that the information was provided by their Internal Affairs Office and that it may not be a “definitive list of all members of An Garda Síochána who have received convictions during the relevant period”.

They said that twelve members had been convicted of either careless driving or drunk driving in the period between January 2020 and November 22 last year.

Another was prosecuted for driving without due care or attention while one was convicted of refusing to provide a breath, blood, or urine specimen following arrest on suspicion of being drunk behind the wheel.

There were three convictions for assault, one for domestic violence, and one conviction for a garda who damaged somebody’s property “without lawful excuse”.

A single officer was also prosecuted and found guilty under legislation that targets the laundering of money.